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Sender images and selecting messages (Android)

This information is for the Gmail app for Android 4.0 and up.

You can use sender images in your inbox to select messages and see who’s involved in the conversation. Sender images are on by default, but you can always turn them off. 

Select messages

Although you can't select all messages at once, you can select multiple messages by touching one or more of the sender images on the left side of your inbox. You can also touch and hold messages to select them.

After selecting, you can take action on multiple messages at once, such as marking as unread or archiving.

Deselect individual messages by touching the checkmark on the left.

Contacts without profile photos

If some of your friends and family don’t have profile photos, try these suggestions:

Only you can see photos that you’ve added for a contact.

Hide sender images

  1. In the Gmail app, touch the menu Menu.
  2. Touch Settings
  3. Touch General settings.
  4. Uncheck Sender image.

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